Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US UT: Medical Marijuana Push Spreads To Utah, Oklahoma

    Daily Herald, 17 Apr 2018 - SALT LAKE CITY -- The push for legalized marijuana has moved into Utah and Oklahoma, two of the most conservative states in the country, further underscoring how quickly feelings about marijuana are changing in the United States. If the two measures pass, Utah and Oklahoma will join 30 other states that have legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to the pro-pot National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana laws. Nine of those states and Washington, D.C. also have broad legalization where adults 21 and older can use pot for any reason. Michigan could become the 10th state with its ballot initiative this year.
  2. US UT: Couple Arrested After Drugging Heroin-Addicted Newborn To Hide

    Orlando Sentinel, 24 Jul 2017 - SYMPTOMS, POLICE SAY Colby Wilde and Lacey Christenson welcomed their third child into the world on April 9 at Utah Valley Hospital. The doctors, nurses and medical staff eventually cleared out of the room, giving the parents a few moments alone with their new daughter. Unlike most new parents, they did not hold the newborn child, overcome with emotion.
  3. US UT: Editorial: Change the Federal Classification of

    Deseret News, 01 Jun 2016 - In the not-too-distant past, we would have considered it unwise, and perhaps even dangerous, to change the federal classification of marijuana from a schedule 1 to a schedule 2 drug. But that was before 24 states and the District of Columbia passed laws legalizing the drug either for medicinal or recreational uses. The fact is, those states acted without any scientific basis, and they have turned wide swaths of the nation into incubator labs for a drug with physical, psychological and, perhaps, some beneficial medicinal consequences. With marijuana already unleashed in such an officially sanctioned way, the need to study it is imperative.
  4. US UT: Medical Marijuana Debate Focuses On Feds And Research

    Deseret News, 30 May 2016 - SALT LAKE CITY - Medical marijuana advocates, stymied in their recent efforts to legalize medical cannabis in Utah, are taking the fight to the nation's capital. They are calling on Utah's congressional delegation to support a bill that would downgrade marijuana from a schedule I controlled substance to a schedule II substance - something that state legislators urged Congress to do in a resolution sponsored by state Sen. Brian Shiozawa, R-Salt Lake City.
  5. US UT: PUB LTE: Medical Marijuana

    Deseret News, 01 May 2016 - I really take issue with Richard Davis' assertion ("Medical marijuana issue will damage Democratic governor campaign," April 27) that gubernatorial hopeful Mike Weinholtz's campaign was damaged by the revelation that his wife, Donna, is under investigation for using marijuana to combat severe arthritis and nerve pain. If anything, his refreshing authenticity and truthfulness will endear him to voters. Meanwhile, local support for medical marijuana continues to increase. A newly-released poll conducted by Dan Jones & Associates for Utah Policy shows that 66 percent of Utahns are in favor of legalization. Only 28 percent stand in opposition.
  6. US UT: OPED: Patients Need Safe And Legal Access

    Deseret News, 09 May 2016 - Since I was 7 years old, I have suffered from severe and chronic migraines. When I was in my early twenties, a benign brain tumor was discovered. Unsuccessful removal of the tumor left me with unrelenting pain, muscle spasms and vertigo, which became increasingly debilitating. For years, I was prescribed an endless cocktail of heavy painkillers that eventually left me bedridden. Forced to quit my job and unable to engage with my family, I spent 15 years trapped in a bedroom - all the while still wracked with pain. The nights spent awake vomiting and the persistent migraine pain were excruciating; however, what was unbearable was missing out on my children's lives. I have four beautiful children, and after years of not being able to attend their concerts or cheer them on at games - in short, not being able to be a mother - I became desperate for a way out.
  7. US UT: PUB LTE: Medical Cannabis Safer Than Opioids

    Salt Lake Tribune, 09 Feb 2016 - In regards to the LDS Church's opposition to Sen. Mark Madsen's bill to make medical cannabis legal, I have a couple of observations. Utah has the highest rate of prescription opioid abuse in the country and the highest rate of accidental death due to opioid overdose.
  8. US UT: PUB LTE: Madsen's Cannabis Bill Is The Best

    Salt Lake Tribune, 09 Feb 2016 - As parent of a child with epilepsy, I have been following the Legislature's cannabis bills closely. While I commend Rep. Brad Daw and Sen. Evan Vickers for their interest and their bill, I feel Sen. Mark Madsen is closer to hitting the bulls-eye. Plenty of studies show cannabis works better as a whole plant. Madsen's bill, Senate Bill 73, tightly regulates "whole plant" medical cannabis, so the nightmares touted by recent op-ed pieces are not likely to happen. SB73 doesn't legalize smoking cannabis or growing your own. It regulates growing locations to prevent growing in residential zones. It's for medical purposes under a doctor's supervision, not for recreational purposes. I doubt any doctor would jeopardize their license by allowing cavalier use of cannabis under their direction.
  9. US UT: PUB LTE: Why Is Legal Medical Cannabis Taking So Long

    Salt Lake Tribune, 04 Feb 2016 - It is with profound sadness that we once again hear of a family forced to skirt the law to obtain small amounts of what our state deems illegal to treat their children. And to hear the family is being harassed by Child and Family Services! A mother of four is forced to go into hiding for fear of having her child taken away or charges being filed against her.